Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder wants to get paid handsomely when he hits free agency this summer.
Teams may not agree to his fee.
“Dennis Schroder has communicated this clearly: he wants $100-$120 million – which he will probably also get – and this sum insured cannot be insured on the normal market at the moment,” vice president of the German Basketball Federation Armin Andres said on Abteilung Basketball podcast, as translated by TalkBasket.net.
When the Lakers acquired Schroder from the Thunder last offseason, they thought they had a point guard that would help LeBron James and Anthony Davis get back to the NBA Finals. The 27-year-old German native averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game with them this season, but struggled when it mattered most.
In the playoffs, Schroder was unable to step up in Anthony Davis’ absence in a first-round elimination at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. He did not score at all in Game 4. He followed the poor performance up by scoring just eight points in Game 5. Schroder’s playoffs statistics took a tiny dip since his struggles. He averaged 14.3 points and just 2.8 assists per game this offseason while being wildly inefficient.
Toward the end of this season, the Lakers originally offered Schroder an $84 million deal that would keep him in Los Angeles for four years, however, he rejected it.
It is clear that Schroder thinks he is worth more than that — though some in the Lakers camp disagree.
“I don’t think he’s a Laker,” franchise legend Magic Johnson said after L. A. was eliminated from the playoffs. “That’s just my opinion. I don’t know if they’re gonna sign him back or not. I don’t think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need.
“He had a chance to show that in this series. And, to me, he failed in this series.”
This will mark the first time Schroder has hit free agency. Before being traded to the Thunder in 2018, Schroder signed a four-year, $70 million deal as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
A “Thibodeau-type defender,” The Post in April reported Schroder was on the Knicks’ radar.
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